I L.O.V.E. a Winter Wedding

I L.O.V.E. a Winter Wedding

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same” – Flavia Weddn
In a nutshell, this is how I feel how Danielle and Billy Clark’s winter wedding. They showed up and I never wanted them to leave let alone have their wedding be here and over.
But it came and went and it was freaking awesome. And I can prove it.
So not only did we share a love of sparkle and winter weddings, but also Pitch Perfect… I received this text BEFORE 8 am the morning AFTER the wedding!
 And then they both got amazing jobs in Florida and moved right after the wedding. And now and we still talk almost every day.
Like I tell all my clients, basically once you sign that contract, you are stuck with me forever…
When Danielle and her sweet mama came to Signed Sealed Delivered Events last spring, we were nine months out and the organizational queen of numbers and all things wedding needed assistance and advice keeping them on budget, on track and bringing that Pinterest board to reality. Which we did with so much creative love. See our handmade bouquets and centerpieces!!!  
Our instructions were specific, no flowers! Lots of sparkle! We went a completely different direction from her Pinterest  board (see ours here) full of Christmas ornaments. The bouquet was a labor of love and built from brooches from family and friends at all of Danielle’s showers.
The reception was held at Bellecourt Place and Manor in Belleville, Illinois. The food there is delicious! The staff and management are friendly, hard working and very accommodating. It’s become a favorite venue of mine, but of course I am bias because I was born and raised in Bellevegas and I love tradition!
Back drop and chair covers rented from Grand Rental Station
This space was completely (all puns intended) transformed with the uplighting provided by Complete Weddings and Events Complete Weddings and Events also provided DJ services, photobooth, photography and videography.
I was in L.O.V.E. with the head table backdrop- all sequins and the LOVE letters that Danielle and Billy rented through Signed Sealed Delivered Events Handmade by my dad Stanimal because I couldn’t find the exact right set to buy… #ilovemydad   #myfatherthehero
The ceremony was held in the Bellecourt Place which is an old church on the same property as the Manor so super convenient for guests!
We served champagne as guests entered the ceremony!
Megs and Bobby right before go time
And my beautiful bride Danielle with proud daddy behind. Cue the tears! I love this pic! Danielle walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years… goosebumps!
All sparkles and uplighting for the ceremony Need an officiant for your wedding? Check out our friends at St. Louis Officiant! We did most pictures before hand which made for smooth sailing right into cocktail hour! And it took A LOT of coaxing( as it always does with my grooms), but we did do the FIRST LOOK before the ceremony which was so magical and heartfelt AND it took a lot of pressure off the ceremony because both Bill and Danielle got a chance to be just the two of them and relax before group photos in down town  Belleville and saying “I Do”.
Not going to lie, this will be my “framer” from this wedding. I have one from each wedding. Thanks to Mark and Caley for capturing them so perfectly! xoxo  
There was also a First Look of the ballroom! I was so glad my crew at Signed Sealed Delivered Events was present for this…it was really quite emotional.
The grand entrance for this wedding was so much fun! Bill and his groomsmen all played college football and some are college football coaches now. The party favors were rally towels that said Living the Dream that the guests waived as the bridal party entered the room. The football and Living The Dream was carried out through the planning (hence the planner and the name of her blog) and the wedding!
Yes we even played a little football during the reception …
All in all the entire evening was a success complete with Coldstone Creamery
An awesome party favor for guests!
A surprise cobalt blue dress…
And a sparkler send off…
Danielle and Billy, I can’t thank you enough not only for the opportunity to be a part of such an intimate moment of your lives, but also for being a part of my heart.
Your Wedding Planner
If you want to see more of this wedding, check out the video from Complete Weddings and Events
Nathan is an awesome videographer!!
PS some of the most beautiful wedding vows ever!
And yes I took a pic, I wanted to remember them always.
***some of these images are courtesy of Complete Weddings and Events (Mark and Caley rule!) but most are courtesy of my awesome iphone 6 with the sparkly case***
Nick Proposes to Ashlie

Nick Proposes to Ashlie

Folks say that girls spend years dreaming up their weddings. This may be true… but first they dream about the boy and then they dream about the proposal. And then the wedding.
Proposals are one of the most intimate, heartfelt, most vulnerable, you-are-my-life-and-I-cant-spend-another-minute-without-you moments. The adrenaline, the nerves, the excitement. Carrying around the ring and worrying that the love of your life will find out its there before you are ready.
I’m a sucker for romance flicks, books, stories, poems, songs, sayings, embroidered pillowcases, personalized ornaments, hallmark cards… you name it I guarantee I will tell you: Awww that is soooo cute! Which is the most overused phrase in my vocabulary next to: Aren’t you sooooo excited???? I am soooo excited for you!
Here is one of my most fave proposals of all times:
And I could not have been more honored to be a part of the proposal below.
When one of my past bosses Nick mentioned that he was going to propose to his girlfriend Ashlie, I of course was all eyes and ears. Now to meet Nick in person, he is pretty serious, get-the-job-done kinda guy, you never see a whole lot of sensitivity or joking right away. So you can imagine my excitement when he got giddy like a school boy when we about his ideas, when and where, the ring, etc. My last question after hearing him go through his plan of action bit by bit was: did you hire a photographer?
He said, no, I was just going to take my camera and ask someone to take pics for me…
And boy am I ever glad that I staged this intervention!
First off, Nick was planning on proposal outside in the evening in a dimly lit area…. it was imperative to have a skilled professional behind the camera who could be there in advance, test the angles, lighting, etc.
And that we did.
After several emails, texts, phone calls, and checking the weather, we set forth a time and Michelle with Green Wall Studio and I loaded the car with layers and layers of winter gear and road tripped to Augusta, Missouri to the Annual Christmas Light Walk.
I will cut out the boring part where we scoured every part of the town for options and finally settled on the park, lit by a Christmas tree made out of green wine bottles (hey, it is Missouri wine country out there) and text back and forth with the highly anxious Nick.
We waiting in a building across the street from the park and waited till we saw them enter the clearing when we casually walked over the the snap shooting began…
This entire night filled my heart with joy. Thank you Nick for letting us be a part of it. I couldn’t be happier for the two of you and wish you a lifetime of uncontrollable laughs, never ending happiness and moments like this which you will cherish. xoxoxoox
The Magic of Winter Style Shoot

The Magic of Winter Style Shoot

I believe that I am one of the few who truly LOVE winter. L.O.V.E. it. I love bundling up in hats and scarves and mittens and big puffy coats, drinking hot chocolate, boots with the fur (the whole crowd was lookin at her.. just kidding I won’t start that again) and crunching through the snow.
You do know when I say winter I am referring to everything covered in crisp clean white. The soft fluffy kind that kisses your skin, not leaves your nose and ears burning with the wind. No no no, just the good kind. Where it’s 32 and the snow falls and it is complete stillness, yet you can hear it. To me, that is peace, that is possibility, and that, that it totally romantic!
I’ve dreamed of a winter wedding since I popped out of the womb wearing heels and sipping champagne as my mom would say… but let’s be honest, I have dreamed of every type of wedding. Anytime I meet/date a guy I imagine what kind of wedding we would have… There was St. Nick with the country barnyard reception, boys in jeans and vests, girls in creamy lace and cowboy boots (yes even the bridesmaids), a photo where the bridal party is shooting off guns – and this was the wedding I planned in 2005.
Then there was the city wedding from 2008 where my very dapper groom Doug would have gone Gatsby, me and the ladies in dark lined lips and birdcages, the room strewn with chandeliers in silvers and golds and boys in fedoras… a Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal choreographed dance, I was thinking the old post office.
But my most favorite wedding I’ve dreamed of but haven;t quite placed the right groom is the outdoor winter wedding. I am determined to make it happen and what better way than to have a practice round via style shoot!
The team consisted of Elegance in Bloom Florist with flower extraordinaire Angie Lopez whom I met 1.5 days prior to the shoot and fell in love and said you MUST come! Bridal head piece from Champagne and Lace Bridal10th Street Baking Company baked the most perfect winter donuts and cupcakes and 8 tiered naked red velvet cake! We had two photographers Sarah Cress Photography and A Bushel and a Peck Photography by Amy which was great as just like a wedding we got a few different angles and styles. And again the rental by Next Door Finery and styling and coordination by Signed Sealed Delivered Events.
Our adorable and very gracious model couple are Stefani and Dan Cheseldine who were married on September 1, 2012 and have not only remained friends since I coordinated their wedding but have been one of the most memorable couples to work with. Once you meet them, you know why.
I couldn’t have pulled this all together with out my most amazing mom who can take my million visions of sugar plums dancing in my head and make them a reality.
Here are some of the images that aren’t featured on the facebook previews.
Sarah Cress’s images below.